Ask any CEO what they need to make their operations successful. It’s talented individuals who can effectively lead and manage different aspects of the organization. Look online at the many surveys of top career fields to pursue. Managers with a solid combination of technical and professional skills consistently top the lists. The Organizational Leadership program (OL) at WKU prepares you for a career in a wide variety of professions. OL students enhance their college studies and technical backgrounds by developing the applied leadership, managerial, and professional skills that are in great demand.
Organizational Leadership students focus on influencing people, while managing processes, products, and services. Employers value the leadership skills, decision-making, and operational knowledge that OL graduates possess.
This degree can be completed entirely ONLINE.
The OL program requires a bachelor's degree earned at a regionally accredited college
or university and a minimum overall GPA of 2.75. The OL will consider applicants with
a 2.5 overall GPA or based on prior professional experiences. NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED!
(30 Credit Hours)Core Courses (18 Hours)
LEAD 500: Effective Leadership Studies
LEAD 525: Leadership Ethics
Pick 1: Lead 560: Applied Research Methods in Organizational Leadership or EDFN 500: Research Methods or SOCL 513: Methods of Social Research
Pick 2: LEAD 575: Special Topics or COMM 531: Global Leadership Communication or LEAD 540: Leading Teams or LEAD 550: Leadership in Global Contexts or PS 520: Elements of Public Administrations
LEAD 600: Leadership Studies Capstone
General Electives (12 Hours)
Students choose any four graduate courses (4XXG, 5XX or above) to fulfill elective requirements. Students can choose courses from areas such as Business, Communication, Political Science, and Student Affairs. Students can also choose to enroll in a graduate certificate program and use up to 12 hours of courses to fulfill their elective requirements. A list of available graduate certificates is available in the Graduate Catalog and can be found here. ATTN: If you decide to pursue a certificate program, you must also APPLY to that certificate program.
Students may transfer up to 12 hours from another graduate program to fulfill program requirements (if courses meet transfer requirements - grade of B or above, and will meet the six year time frame of degree completion. Please contact us).